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Statistics A Level

Course Description

Statistics is an application of mathematics and a field of study in its own right. Our lives are influenced increasingly by statistics and knowing just how statistics fits into other areas of life is a definite advantage. Statistics is used in many careers, for example deciding how much of a product a supermarket needs to buy, whether or not a new drug has a positive effect on a serious illness or understanding statements and figures quoted by politicians. Most careers now require some understanding of statistics.

Entry Requirements

You will be expected to have at least two GCSEs at Grade B/6 and three GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language. In addition you will need a minimum Grade B/5 in GCSE Mathematics.

Course Content

You will study topics such as Numerical Measures, Probability, Correlation, Regression, Discrete and Continuous Probability Distributions, Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Testing. This course will provide you with a wide range of techniques for understanding and analysing data. These are increasingly important skills in a world of constant change. The emphasis of the qualification is on understanding the implications and limitations of the various techniques in the context of practical situations. The course provides useful support for a variety of other subjects, including many of the Social Sciences. Features of the course: You will study topics such as Numerical Measures, Probability, Correlation, Regression, Discrete and Continuous Probability Distributions, Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Testing. This course will provide you with a wide range of techniques for understanding and analysing data. These are increasingly important skills in a world of constant change. The emphasis of the qualification is on understanding the implications and limitations of the various techniques in the context of practical situations. The course provides useful support for a variety of other subjects, including many of the Social Sciences. Links with other subjects: Statistics complements many other subjects, including Biology, Geography, Psychology, Sociology and Economics. Enrichment: Students in the Mathematics Department at College have enjoyed various enrichment activities recently, including visiting speakers from the Mathematics Departments at the University of Manchester and the University of Bolton. They have also taken part in the UK Senior Maths Challenge. There has been a Cipher Club in which mathematical techniques are used to decipher encrypted messages and each year students attend the University of Manchester Mathematics Open Day.

Assessment

The course is assessed by examination at the end of your 2nd year.

Future Career Opportunities

Statistics is useful in many careers including actuarial science, market research, education and many areas of science.